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Politics | 3/19/2014 3:05:09 PM

Study sees shortage of agriculture scientists

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2014 - Too few scientists are being trained in agriculture areas of science, according to a study released by
Politics | 3/19/2014

With immigration reform hopes fading, advocates turn to ag

A study released by Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform (ACIR) on Tuesday argues that the economy has suffered from the

Report: Ag among top industries lobbying on TPP

A report from the watchdog group Sunlight Foundation shows that agriculture - especially the dairy and sugar sectors - is among the top industries lobbying on the

Drone proponents urged to address 'public perception' issues

Agricultural operations and agri-businesses hoping to leverage the use drones need to brand these so-called Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) before skeptics of the technology do it for them, former U.S. Grains Council CEO Thomas Dorr said Tuesday during

Waterways system reform: 'Best kept secret in Washington'

The Waterways Council Inc. (WCI) and the American Waterways Operators (AWO) discussed their 2014 legislative priorities Tuesday, largely focusing on congressional passage of water resources development legislation that would improve

U.S. sorghum: China's new 'darling'

U.S. corn exports to China have been dominating many trade headlines in recent weeks. However, as strong headwinds dampened sales, Chinese buyers are increasingly

States grapple with renewable energy projects on preserved farmland

Legislation that would allow siting wind and solar energy projects on small portions of plots designated as preserved farmland moved through the Maryland House of Delegates this week and is now headed to the state Senate, where the chances for passage appear to be

USDA says rural development initiatives created 75,000 jobs in 2013

The USDA supported rural businesses, infrastructure and housing with more than $33 in investments in fiscal 2013, creating 75,000 jobs in the process, according to

California water storage drops to lowest in decade

Although recent storms may provide much needed relief for California farmers, the state's water storage is drying up, researchers say. Using satellite data from
Politics | 3/18/2014 10:15:35 PM

Lawmakers ask Vilsack to withdraw proposed rule on poultry inspection

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 - A group of 68 House lawmakers urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Monday to withdraw a proposed rule that would create a new inspection system
Politics | 3/18/2014 11:06:51 AM

USDA advances Dow and BASF biotech products

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014—USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) opened a Dow AgroSciences cotton product for public comment today and also
Politics | 3/17/2014 4:51:36 PM

Senate committee looks at national importance of Keystone project

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 - Supporters and opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project squared off last week during
Politics | 3/17/2014 1:05:43 PM

Lawmakers press Vilsack to withdraw proposed rule on poultry inspection

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 - A group of 68 House lawmakers today urged Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to withdraw a proposed rule that would
Politics | 3/17/2014 10:48:41 AM

House Ag Committee member Collin Peterson to run for reelection

MOORHEAD, Minn., March 17, 2014 - House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-Minn., announced this morning that he will run for
Politics | 3/17/2014 5:01:58 AM

McAllister joins the House Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 -Rep. Vance McAllister, a Republican representing the Fifth District of Louisiana, joined the House Agriculture Committee. McAllister is a small business owner who is serving his first term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Politics | 3/16/2014 8:57:17 PM

Opinion: Celebrating agriculture. A look at Ag Day by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo

WASHINGTON, March 17 - According to data from the American Farm Bureau Federation, in 1940, the average U.S. farmer fed 19 people. The number of people fed by our nation's farmers has steadily risen over the years, and now the average American farmer feeds nearly
Politics | 3/16/2014 8:19:07 PM

Gates meet with senators to discuss agricultural research

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 - Billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates met with at least three senators
Politics | 3/16/2014 5:05:07 PM

A St. Patty's Day nod to 'green' breweries

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 - Want to really go green this St. Patrick's Day? How about celebrating with a brew from a green brewery, one of the many across the U.S. and Canada with
Politics | 3/16/2014 5:01:31 PM

A St. Patty's Day nod to 'green' breweries

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2014 - Want to really go green this St. Patrick's Day? How about celebrating with a brew from a green brewery, one of the many across the U.S. and Canada with
Politics | 3/14/2014 4:45:49 PM

House panel questions Vilsack over USDA budget request

WASHINGTON, March 14, 2014 - Lawmakers questioned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today on several issues related to the administration's fiscal year 2015 budget request with
Politics | 3/14/2014 12:58:00 PM

USTR Froman 'generally pleased' with latest round of T-TIP talks

WASHINGTON, March 14, 3014 - U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said he was generally pleased with the progress U.S. and European negotiators made this week
Politics | 3/13/2014 6:21:31 PM

 Keystone supporters explore legislative ways to get project started

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - Supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Texas, continue to search for a way to get veto-proof congressional approval for
Politics | 3/13/2014 6:01:04 PM

Grassley, agriculture groups rail against Japan tariff demands

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and several agricultural groups reiterated their opposition today to Japanese tariff demands
Politics | 3/13/2014 5:36:24 PM

House approves bill dealing with water rights

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 - The House approved legislation (H.R. 3189) today, on a mostly party-line vote of 238-174, which would prevent federal agencies from requiring
Politics | 3/13/2014 4:21:15 PM

Crop protection industry urges stronger regulatory framework between U.S. and EU

BRUSSELS, March 13, 2014 --CropLife America (CLA) and the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) called for a more harmonized risk assessment framework for pesticide regulations during the
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